They say 'third time is a charm' and that's where I'm at! I never imagined running one half marathon; this year will be my 3rd Detroit Free Press International Half Marathon - running with Hope Water Project and Kensington Church. I am so proud to once again, Run With Purpose. Each year, I've gained a deeper understanding of what clean water can bring to a community. To watch the impact we make on the lives of the Pokot Tribe and know that through you, I've made a difference....leaves me humbled. I can't think of a better way to leave a legacy than improving the life of another. The training is painful and sometimes I hate doing it. There are days, I'd much rather pass on a run, because I can. That's not an option for the Pokot Tribe. And so I train and I run. Each year I have had to overcome obstacles - both mental and physcial - that prevent me from finishing at the pace I want. But none of that matters when I stand at the start line at 7:00 a.m. and see the wave of Hope Water Project jerseys, my heart fills with immense joy and I know it's all worth it.
After last year's race, I decided that running was good, but not enough. In November, we adopted Regina Sunday. A ten year old girl that lives at the Kodich Children's Home. There are over 250 children residing at the Children's Home; Regina's parents sent her to the school so she could have food and a better life. Now I run with Regina Sunday in my heart and a dedication to making an impact for others.
Over the past 13 years, over 100 wells have been installed. That would not be possible, without your help and the alignment of the Hope Water Project with trusted partners in Kenya. We're making a difference, but the work is not done. I ask that you consider donating on my behalf. Even $5 makes a difference and I am grateful for any amount you would give.
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